Land Ownership in the Monarch Sanctuary
Although the Mexican government has legally designated the monarch sanctuaries as protected land, most of this land is privately owned by groups of people called ejidos (say "a-hee-dos"). In Mexico, an ejido refers to a community of people who share ownership of their land.
A person who is a member of an ejido is called an "ejiditario." There is a fixed number of ejiditarios in each ejido. That is, a set number of members share ownership of the land. An ejido membership is passed to another family member upon death of a member.
The leader of an ejido is called the "comissario." This leader is elected, and can speak on behalf of the community.
In the dictionary, the Spanish word "ejido" means "commons."
Who Owns the Sierra Chincua Monarch Sanctuary?
This map of the Sierrra Chincua sanctuary shows all of the different ejidos who own sanctuary land.